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A recent study showed that plain popcorn has the highest level of polyphenols among snack foods;
polyphenols potentially reduce risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

With zero cholesterol or trans fats, plain popcorn is 100 percent whole grain and is an easy to prepare snack for the whole family.

An economical snack, popcorn such as Pop Secret 94% Fat Free Microwave Popcorn or the new Pop Secret Jumbo Popping Corn Kernels for make-at-home popcorn, provides a satisfying, high fiber treat with high satiety levels to aid in hunger management.

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The Original Whirley-Pop stove top hand-crank popcorn popper brings it all back with its one-of-a-kind design.

You can enjoy light, flavorful popcorn (makes up to six quarts) that you prepare yourself right on the stove top in just three minutes.

Makes 6 quarts of theater style popcorn in just three minutes .

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Pop up delicious popcorn in nostalgic style with this old-fashioned tabletop popcorn popper.

Great for kids' birthday parties, family reunions, carnivals, and more, the unit's 8-ounce stainless-steel hot-oil kettle sports a flip-up lid that allows kernels to pop up hot and fresh and tumble out into its roomy holding area, where its built-in heat lamp keeps the popcorn warm for hours.

Furthermore, the unit's ingenious stirring system ensures fast, even heating and seasoning, while its pull-out tray under the warming rack makes easy work of removing any kernels that come out unpopped.

In addition, the appliance comes equipped with three on/off control switches: one for the spotlight and deck warmer, a second for the kettle stirrer, and a third for the kettle heater.

Other highlights include all-metal construction, tempered-glass side panels for safety, and a detachable kettle that washes easily by hand with warm, soapy water for quick cleanup between uses.

Accessories include a measuring cup, popcorn scoop, seasoning shaker, and complete instructions.

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Cocoa-Almond Popcorn Recipe


  • 6 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 2 cups whole almonds
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Combine the popcorn and almonds in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium saucepan, over high heat, combine butter, honey, cocoa, vanilla and sea salt. Boil 3 to 4 minutes; drizzle mixture over popcorn and almond mixture, stirring constantly until well-coated. Cool and serve.

Serves Yield 12 servings

Calories:210.70g Total Fat:13.60g
Cholesterol:2.54mg Protein:5.97g
Carbohydrates:20.30g Sodium:

SOURCE:Almond Board of California

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Best Tasting Snack Foods for Kids

There's breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And then there's snacks! This article is all about the best snack foods out there. Those foods that we sneak in between breaks and treats we still manage to fit in after a filling dinner.

We eat snacks for diet reasons and health reasons, but there's little doubt why we really choose the snack foods we do, their taste.

Traditionally snacks were leftovers from meals but we've evolved nicely.

The first kind of best tasting snack food is actually completely natural, fruit. Many packaged and processed foods make a point to use fruit as flavoring. Fruits are sweet and delicious, and of course have the healthy benefits of vitamins, water, and fiber.

Fruits are also generally associated with helping to reduce the risks of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Excellent tasting snacks are oranges, plums, kiwi, grapes, bananas, and pears.

Nuts and seeds. Nuts are technically the large, dry, oily seeds or fruits of some plants. Supposedly these foods can also help to lower cholesterol and may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Some of the best nuts and seeds are sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, mixed nuts, and roasted almonds.

Berries. Berries are smaller types of fruit that people just plain forget to include as a snack. They share many of the same nutritional benefits as fruits and are more convenient to eat on the go.

The best tasting berries are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries.

Dairy and meat. Snacks off the farm are great tasting as well. This is food extracted from a cow, goat, or other animal.
Cheese, yogurt, butter, and cream are dairy products. Food made from animal tissue itself would be beef, sausage, poultry, fish, and eggs.

Some of the best tasting snacks of this category is sliced cheeses, beef jerky, pepperoni sticks, ice cream, and pies.

Packaged or processed snacks. Packaged snacks always seem like the best tasting.

Like my father always says, if it's made in a lab, it must be good. Packaged snacks are actually usually a combination of all the above foods. They have the stigma of being called junk food, and usually rightly earned.

They are often high in sugars, fats, and calories. There is always an effort to make healthier snack options
that are lighter and with less calories while still trying to maintain great taste. Packaged foods would be chips, candy, crackers, doughnuts, popcorn, cookies, chocolates, you name it.

We could break packaged foods down further all day long, as entire grocery store aisles are dedicated to these snacks. For the most part, these foods in limited amounts won't do much damage to your health.

Of course it's important to limit your intake of these junk foods and throw in some vegetables and organic foods to have a well-balanced diet.

When in doubt health wise, stay away from these packaged snacks and go with fruits, nuts, and seeds. Also, consult a nutritionist, dietician, or doctor, before adding these snack foods to your diet.

By: J.D. Cunningham

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J.D. Cunningham loves to eat different great tasting snacks like terriyaki jerky, and writes specific snack reviews.

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Forget diet shakes and strict meal plans. This year, pledge to eat more snacks! Healthy snacking is emerging as a new food trend for consumers who have resolved to focus on health and wellness in 2010.

Today's consumers see snacking as an integral part of their lifestyles. From stressed-out Generation Xers to comfort-seeking Baby Boomers and wellness-savvy Millennials, consumers recognize that smart mini-meals can be part of an all-day wellness plan, according to U.S. trend watcher Iconoculture.

Iconoculture reports that consumers want to bring their lives back into balance. They crave basic, comforting, filling and better-for-them foods when they snack, including nuts, seeds, fruits, popcorn and veggies.

"Consumers want their snacks to be multitasking munchies," said chef and cookbook author Tina Salter, who develops recipes for Diamond culinary nuts, Emerald snack nuts and Pop Secret popcorn. "They want snacks that provide health benefits, but that are also convenient, delicious, satisfying and taste a little indulgent."

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Healthy snacks, numerous benefits

One of the keys to healthy snacking is not just eating foods that are good for the body, Salter said, but also finding treats that are handy and leave us satisfied without the guilt. That's why so many healthy snacker's are turning to nuts and popcorn. Both snacks are high in fiber, have proven antioxidant benefits and provide a whole host of benefits versus other snacks.

In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Other facts supporting nuts as a part of a healthy diet include:

  • Walnuts are one of the most concentrated sources of omega-3 fatty acids. One serving of walnuts, about 1/3 cup or 12-16 walnut halves, several times a week has been shown to lower overall cholesterol and blood pressure while reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and fighting arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. For more information, visit the California Walnut Board online.
  • Almonds are a beneficial source of vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, and a good source of fiber, copper, phosphorous, and riboflavin. A one-ounce serving, about 23 almonds, has 13 grams of good unsaturated fats, just 1 gram of saturated fat, and is always cholesterol free. For more information, visit Almond Board of California.

"Nuts are delicious, nutritious and portable, making them an excellent choice for today's busy consumers," Salter said. "Stash them in your desk at work, in your purse or gym bag and in your car so you always have a healthy snacking option at hand."

Many delicious and nutritious snack products can be found in grocery store snack aisles including Emerald Nuts in on-the-go canisters and 100 calorie packs as well as five flavors of Emerald Trail Mix in re-sealable pouches.

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Smart Game Day Snacks

(Family Features) - Even armchair quarterbacks can fuel themselves like the pros. Mitzi Dulan, co-author of "The All-Pro Diet" (with Atlanta Falcon's Tony Gonzalez), recommends keeping a bowl of almonds close by to provide sports fans with power throughout the game - whether on the sidelines or the field. A good source of energy, almonds can help keep fans going from kick-off to the final countdown, and they're a great way to snack guilt-free without sacrificing flavor.

"Almonds are ideal for snacking because just one ounce - roughly one handful - is a tasty treat that helps crush cravings and provides hours of sustained energy that athletes and fans need," says Dulan.

Game day snacks don't have to be loaded with grease and calories to be tasty and satisfying, Dulan says. Instead, whip up a batch of smart snacks before kickoff that cover the flavor bases: Dulan's Chocolate Almond Popcorn and Spicy End Zone Party Mix provide a sweet snack in one hand and a spicy, savory crunch in the other. Together they tackle any craving that comes along.

For fans of something a little heartier, try a grown-up version of a kids' favorite: Mahi Mahi fish sticks with a crunchy almond coating provides a more substantial snack for a more sophisticated crowd. They're fun, easy to put together and will combat any craving straight through to the post-game wrap-up.

Or keep it simple. A bowl of roasted almonds will meet the crunch craving football fans have on game day. Keeping a few favorite snacks while subbing out others for something healthier will keep everyone sated without feeling deprived.

Having worked with numerous NFL players like Tony Gonzalez, Dulan is no stranger to coaching athletes to keep their hunger in check and energy up.

"I tell my professional football clients that smart snacking is the key to maintaining optimal energy levels," she says. "It's easy to keep a bag of almonds and dried cherries in your gym bag for a quick pick-me-up, or to make your own power energy bars by mixing together almonds, almond butter, dried fruit, flaxseed and honey.  They're great to have on hand after a workout or anytime you need an energy boost."

Visit for Dulan's fun, football-ready snack recipes for athletes of any kind, as well as the Pro Snacker page for snacking tips and more.

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